Cadet Spotlight: My Commercial Shipping Experience - 1/C Paige Albertson


1/C Paige Albertson is an islander through and through.  The Marine Engineering major has spent her life in Massachusetts on the island of Nantucket, about thirty miles south of Cape Cod

It seems fitting that this islander was drawn to the company, Pasha Hawaii, for her commercial shipping experience.  Pasha is the #1 transporter of cargo, cars, and goods from the mainland United States to Hawaii.

logo for Pasha Hawaii

Paige flew to Long Beach, California to meet her commercial ship, the 692-foot Marjorie C.  Described as a ConRo, the Marjorie C is a combination between a container ship and a roll-on/roll-off, often called a Ro-Ro.  With 104,000 square feet of container space, the ship has capacity for 1,400 TEUTEU stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.  You have definitely seen trucks carrying one of these standard shipping containers.  Image 1,400 of them piles on one ship!

Marjorie C ship
20 foot equivalent poster

Paige visited the ports of Honolulu, Hawaii and San Diego, California.  She identified fighting a fire while the ship was underway on the day after Christmas as one of the most interesting experiences.  Paige’s biggest challenge was becoming familiar with the equipment in an unfamiliar Engine Room

Paige pointed out that unlike the TS Kennedy, the Marjorie C is a slow speed diesel.

Paige cleaning the engine room
Do you enjoy getting dirty?  Then you would have loved joining Paige as she cleaned the Engine Room.

Paige working with tools.
Here, Paige is putting together a fuel injector.  A fuel injector is a device for atomizing and injecting fuel into an internal combustion engine. 

page on ship at sunset
After a long day of work at sea, relaxing at sunset is a special gift.

Paige and Hugh exploring Hawaii
Paige enjoyed exploring the Big Island of Hawai'i with 1/C Hugh Wells (MTRA - New London, CT).  Hugh is one of eight Training Rates during Sea Term 2023. 

The area of the Big Island is 4,028 square miles, compared to Paige's Nantucket, which has a land area of 47.8 square miles.  

Paige and Hugh in front of a rainbow
The abundance of sunlight and water, combined with the geographical location of the islands, make rainbows a common occurrence in Hawaii.

Paige is thrilled to have just about every resident of Nantucket, following Sea Term 2023, especially the students and teachers at Nantucket Elementary School, Nantucket New School, Nantucket Intermediate School, and Cyrus Pierce Middle School.

Paige also sends a high five to ALL of the students that are participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program from islands including:

Adak Island  and Prince Of Wales Island in Alaska
Anderson Island, Camano Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island, and Whidbey Island in Washington
Beaver Island
and Drummond Island in Michigan
Big Pine Key, Key West,
and Key Largo in Florida
Johns Island
in South Carolina
St. Thomas
, St. Croix, and St. John in the USVI
Long Island
in New York
Martha's Vineyard
in Massachusetts
Swan Island
in Maine
Tybee Island
in Georgia
in Maine
Puerto Rico
in the Caribbean
in Asia